Saying that tonight’s Twins-Red Sox game was dramatic is understatement on steroids. Boston scored the first run of the game on Mookie Betts’ opposite-field home run off the right field foul pole. The Twins tied it up on C.J. Cron’s double play. Miguel Sano scored from third base after drawing a walk. Sano scored the other Twins run by scampering home from third after getting on base after another walk. On the night, Sano went hitless but drawing 3 walks while scoring both Twins runs.

That being said, the game’s last play was the game’s most dramatic play. Check it out:

I had the opportunity to watch Carl Yastrzemski play Boston’s Green Monster. He played it better than any left fielder in the game. Tonight’s play by Rosario was as good as any play that I saw Yaz make. What a play.

It’s worth noting that the Twins won tonight because they took 9 walks. Both of Sano’s runs came after drawing walks from Boston pitchers. The other thing that contributed mightily to the Twins win was their bullpen. Tonight, the bullpen was outstanding, pitching 3 innings while striking out 3 without walking anyone and giving up only 2 hits.

Tyler Duffey was most impressive in his inning of work, striking out Brock Holt and Jackie Bradley, Jr. while throwing only 9 pitches in the eighth inning.

Friday night, the Twins open a 3-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland trails the Twins by 6.5 games going into tonight’s series. If Cleveland doesn’t sweep that series, they’ll face an uphill fight to repeat as AL North Champions. If the Twins win half of their remaining games, they’ll finish with a 98-64 record. In order for Cleveland to tie the Twins, they’d need to win 17 of their last 21 games.

That will be difficult since they have to still play the Twins 6 more times. That’s in addition to Cleveland playing 3 games at home against Philadelphia and 3 games in Washington against the Nationals.

The Twins play 6 games against Cleveland, with 3 games at home and 3 games in Cleveland. They also have a series at home vs. the Washington Nationals. After that, they finish with 7 games against Kansas City, 3 games against the White Sox and 3 games against Detroit.

If I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet against the Twins winning the division at this stage of the season.

3 Responses to “Twins defeat Boston, finish 8-2 road trip”

  • eric z says:

    And the Green Bay defense [the DEFENSE!] shut down the Bears. Interesting times.

  • Chad Q says:

    I wonder how many other Twins players will get drug tested now that Pineda got a 60 day suspension.

  • Gary Gross says:

    I don’t have the answer for that but I have this answer: the Twins really played well tonight. Odorizzi threw the hell out of the ball. Garver delivered 2 huge HRs, one that got them started, the other that finished off Cleveland. I felt awful for Duffey’s WP that gave the Indians the lead because I wasn’t sure we’d come back. Still, his last 13 outs or so have come on strikeouts.

    His curve has been nasty & his fastball has been spotted wherever he’s wanted to put it, whether it’s up, down, inside, or outside.

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